Thursday 11 February 2010

Review: Storm Born - Richelle Mead

Just typical.  No love life to speak of for months, then all at once, every horny creature in the Otherworld wants to get into your pants...

Eugenie Markham is a powerful shaman who does a brisk trade banishing spirits and fey who cross into the mortal world.  Mercenary, yes, but a girl's got to eat.  Her most recent case, however, is enough to ruin her appetite.  Hired to find a teenager who has been taken to the otherworld, Eugenie comes face to face with a startling prophecy - one that uncovers dark secrets about her past and claims that Eugenie's first-born will threaten the future of the world as she knows it.

Now Eugenie is a hot target for every ambitious demon and Otherworldly ne'er-do-well, and the ones who don't want to knock her up want her dead.  Eugenie handles a Glock as smoothly as she weilds a wand, but she needs some formidable allies for a job like this.  She finds them in Dorian, a seductive fairy king with a taste for bondage, and Kiyo, a gorgeous shape-shifter who redefines animal attraction.  But with enemies growing bolder and time running out, Eugenie realizes that the greatest danger is yet to come, and it lies in the dark powers that are stirring to life within her...

Dark Swan Series:
Storm Born
Thorn Queen
Iron Crowned
Shadow Heir

Visit Richelle Mead's website for more information

I'm already a big fan of Richelle Mead's succubus series so I was really looking forward to reading Storm Born and I wasn't disappointed. I loved Eugenie's character and the world that Richelle has created for her. Eugenie is a shamen, she was trained by her step-father to banish creatures from the Otherworld who have crossed over to the mortal realm and is very good at her job.

Everything starts to change when she is employed to find Jasmine, a  teenaged girl who was abducted by the Gentry (this is what Eugenie calls the Fey / Fairies) and taken to the Otherworld. Jasmine was abducted over a year ago and to find her Eugenie will have to physically cross into the Otherworld, something that she hasn't really done before because it is so dangerous. Unable to leave Jasmine to her fate Eugenie calls for assistance from her spirit minions - Volusian, Nandi and Finn - to help her on the journey. She is going to need more help than they can give her though and is forced to request assistance from Dorian, a fairy king.

Then there is Kiyo, a gorgeous guy she met at a bar, who is definitely more than what he seems. She is attracted to both Kiyo and Dorian but afraid of her feelings as neither of them are fully human. It is hard for her to reconcile her attraction to them with the fact that she belives that people from the Otherworld are all evil.

As I've come to expect from books by Richelle Mead this book had a fast paced story line and very strong characters. There is also a lot of humor which I enjoyed and the supporting characters are great. The book ends well although there are still a lot of unanswered questions and I'm really looking forward to finding out what happens next.  I'd thoroughly recommend this book to fans of Richelle Mead but also to anyone who enjoys reading urban fantasy.

Source: Library

Other Reviews:
Tynga's Reviews
Escape Between The Pages
Chrissie's Corner
I'd So Rather Be Reading
If you have reviewed this book on your blog please leave a link to your review in the comments & I'll add the link here.


  1. Good Review Sarah! I'm glad you liked it, Thorn Queen is great to! I can't wait for Iron Crowned in 2011 hehe

    Thanks for the link! It was in (if not the first) review I wrote on my blog ^^

  2. It certainly sounds interesting. I need to read something by this authorfor sure.

  3. Brilliant review! This one sounds really good :)

  4. @ Tynga - I'm reading Thorn Queen now, only just started it though (it was supposed to be back at the library 2 days ago so I really need to get it finished LOL)

    @ Becky - I'd really recommend Richelle Mead. I only discovered her last month but she has already jumped up into my favorite authors list :o) The only series I haven't tried is the Vampire Academy one but I've heard lots of good things about it & am looking forward to trying it myself

    @ Melissa - I really liked this one, I love my vamps & weres but it made a change to read something different but still UF. I'd recommend it :o)

  5. I definitely need to check out this series and the succubus series.

    Richelle Mead definitely has a talent for creating strong, funny characters!

    Thanks for the great review. :)

  6. I'm sure you'll enjoy them - I really love Richelle's writing style & she sure has a talent for writing great characters :o)

  7. Stopping by from The Saturday Network to say hi! I am now a follower.

  8. Thanks for stopping by Stacie :o) I'm off to visit your blog now LOL

  9. Hi Sarah, great review! I've just finished reading this book and I loved it! Richelle Mead is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors. Please could you post a link to my review?
    Thanks :)

  10. Thanks Chrissie, I've added your link & am off to read your review now :o)



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